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Tens of thousands of protesters say they are prepared to take to Moscow's streets in the biggest challenge yet to the country's government.
When Vladimir Putin stepped into the ring at Olimpisky Stadium in Moscow after a martial arts fight at the weekend, he appeared to be greeted by boos.
A jailed member of the punk band has spoken out against the oppression of Vladimir Putin's critics.
Russia's top security official has alleged that al-Qaeda is waging "forest jihad" in Europe by sparking wildfires that have ravaged the continent.
Madonna is the latest in a long list of global stars who have come out to support the trio, using a concert in Moscow to condemn their persecution.
A state-run Russian TV channel has bought the rights to broadcast Julian Assange's series of interviews with "political players and revolutionaries".
Russians protesting against the likely return of Vladimir Putin as president in elections next weekend have forming a human chain around the capital.
Russia's leaders have promised to listen to protesters who have been disputing their parliamentary elections amid widespread allegations of fraud.